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Comeback Cubs at it again with another late rally

9 months agoTony Andracki

The Comeback Cubs are alive and well.

Two separate times, the Giants took the lead Tuesday night at Wrigley Field only to have the Cubs claw their way back and eventually pull out an 11-8 victory.

“They bounce back, we bounce back — just a nice back-and-forth game,” David Ross said.

The visiting Giants got to Kyle Hendricks early, tallying a run in each of the first 3 innings.

The Cubs roared back in the bottom of the 3rd with a 4-spot punctuated by a 2-run double from Yan Gomes.

The Giants retook the lead in the 6th with an RBI double that chased Hendricks from the game and then a 2-run homer off Hayden Wesneski.

In the bottom of the 7th inning, the 2023 Cubs fed off the energy from former pitcher Carlos Zambrano who sang the stretch:

First, Seiya Suzuki tied the game with a no-doubt 2-run blast:

 

Then Nick Madrigal drove home the go-ahead run on a groundout.

Christopher Morel delivered the knock-out blow — a long 3-run homer to the batter’s eye in CF:

“It was pretty cool,” said Nico Hoerner, who was on deck for Morel’s game-sealing blast. “He’s amazing. He’s had such a knack for incredible moments and it seems like it really elevates his focus. He’s electric and that was a totally game-changing moment.”

Morel entered Tuesday night hitting .148 with a .533 OPS since Aug. 1. He has not been in the lineup every day as Ross has opted to use the DH spot as a rotating half-day off for the starters while Nick Madrigal has seen a lot of time at third base.

Mike Tauchman started the game as the DH in the leadoff spot but with the Giants utilizing a bullpen day, Ross went to his bench and brought in Patrick Wisdom to face a left-hander in the 2nd inning.

After another pitching change, Morel came in to hit for Wisdom in the 3rd inning and had a pop out and a ground out before the back-breaking 3-run shot.

“We have a lot of confidence on this team in Morel,” Ross said. “Christopher is a hard worker. He’s always staying ready. Some other guys have kinda solidified some roles and with Candy being here, he’s playing a lot. I think Christopher’s a really big part of this team. What he’s got, that thunder in his bat, the versatility he brings us, you’re gonna have moments like that.

“Everybody wants to be an everyday starter. He’s bought into helping out when he can and being ready when we call upon him. That’s what he’s got available in his bat. Just really nice to see that come out today. It was a really big swing.”

Tuesday night marked the 22nd time this season that the Cubs have scored 10 or more runs in a game. That matches their total from the previous three seasons combined (2020-22). 

“I think that’s the great thing about our lineup, it’s really versatile,” Ross said. “I think we have a lot of different looks and guys that do certain things well.”

The Cubs improved to 75-64, reaching 11 games over .500 for the first time since June of 2021. They are now 12-1-2 in their last 15 series dating back to mid-July.

“They’ve believed in themselves,” Ross said. “I love this team but the group in there has believed in themselves since Spring Training. It’s very obvious. This team talks about winning. There’s a lot of winners in that room, guys with hardware. We’ve talked about that for a long time.

“I think once the train got rolling, it’s gonna be hard to stop because these guys know how good they are. Definitely I believe in this team. I think this is a fun team to watch. All my friends that talk about this team or people come in and talk about what a great group of players it is to watch on a daily basis. A fun team. I agree with that.”

The Brewers won Tuesday so the Cubs keep pace at 2.5 games back in the division. The Reds also won, so the Cubs’ lead for the second Wild-Card spot remains at 3 games over Cincinnati.

The Cubs will go for the sweep Wednesday afternoon with rookie Jordan Wicks on the hill. Coverage begins at 12:30 with Cubs Live! on Marquee Sports Network.

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